What is anxiety disorder in veterans?

Normal anxiety is your body’s alarm system to alert you to danger. But in veterans who suffer from anxiety disorder, these physical signals are out of control: your mind races, your palms sweat, heart beats faster and you feel fearful when there is no actual danger. There are several types of anxiety disorders, and they usually co-exist with another disorder, such as depression. The anxiety disorders are:

Panic disorder: sudden attacks of panic that seem to come out of nowhere, accompanied by chronic worry about a future attack.

Social anxiety disorder (SAD): fear of being closely watched and negatively judged by others in social situations, or in situations where you have to perform.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): intrusive thoughts that you can’t get rid of, which then lead  to the needless repetition of behaviors and routines to try to ease your anxiety.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): persistent and unreasonable worry about ordinary, everyday things or situations.

Specific phobia: excessive and irrational fear of particular places, things, or situations.

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